The Evolution of the CSA – Part 2: Looking to the Future

Honesta Romberger February 19, 2019

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org Why are CSA sales declining? In many areas of the country, CSAs are reporting declining sales and that the overall number of returning customers is also slipping. In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, FMC Senior Advisor Darlene Wolnik examined the origins of the CSA movement in the U.S…

The Evolution of the CSA – Part 1: The Rise, Decline, & Reinvention

Darlene Wolnik

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org Why are CSA sales declining? In many areas of the country, CSAs are reporting declining sales and fewer number of returning customers. FMC Senior Advisor Darlene Wolnik takes a look at the issue in this two-part blog series. Here in Part 1, she examines the origins of the CSA…

2019 ILFMA Annual Conference and Winter Farmers Market

Stephanie Fenty February 12, 2019

2019 Annual Conference and Winter Farmers Market April 4, 2019 Allerton Mansion, Monticello, IL Register Here Do you manage or sell at a farmers market? Or maybe you’re interested in the local food movement? Then save the date of Thursday, April 4, 2019 for the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) annual conference  at Allerton Park…

FMC at Conferences in Louisiana & Pennsylvania

Honesta Romberger February 8, 2019

It’s conference season! And this week, FMC took to the road to present at two events across the country; The Fresh Central Certified Institute hosted by the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance in Alexandria, Louisiana, and the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) annual conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Get a quick overview from both events below. Fresh…

Farmers Markets Aid Communities During Times of Disaster & Hardship

Honesta Romberger February 4, 2019

by Cindy Bunch – Executive Market Manager, Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market oldebeaufortfarmersmarket@gmail.com *FMC Note: Farmers markets are renown for helping and bringing communities together in times of difficulty. Most recently, farmers markets nationwide offered support to federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. News sprung up from markets across the country including the Lewisburg Farmers…

VPR Cafe: Remembering Enid Wonnacott

Darlene Wolnik

Good audio piece on Vermont Public Radio about NOFA-VT’s Executive Director, Enid Wonnacott, who passed away recently.   Also, this lovely poem from Caitlin Gildrien Harvest for Enid with so much love The way people married a long time resemble each other, her life’s work was there in her face: sunshine, good rain, the kind of…

Position: Director of Development City of Ruston, La

Darlene Wolnik February 1, 2019

Date: January 31, 2019 Position Announcement The City of Ruston is recruiting the following position: TITLE: Director of Development REPORTS TO: Director of Administrative Services SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Grant writing for the City of Ruston and North Louisiana Farm Fresh, serve as the Executive Director for the Ruston Farmers Market, leader and participant in local…

Input Requested: How can we create health-focused, sustainable food systems? 

Darlene Wolnik January 31, 2019

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food invites you to share your experiences and views on the critical opportunities for and barriers to creating a healthy food system. This survey takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete and closes on Monday 11th February 2019. Who should complete the survey? We’re seeking input from…

BREAKING: Novo Dia Group, Inc. secures $2 million investment from Square

Honesta Romberger January 30, 2019

In an effort to provide continued support to its customers and farmers markets nationwide, Square will invest $2 million in Novo Dia. “Investing in Novo Dia is a no-brainer—their SNAP and WIC payment-acceptance tools provide a critical service to important and underserved customers,” said James Loftus, Square Corporate Development Lead. “Our investment will make sure…

Welcome, New FMC Board Members!

Honesta Romberger January 24, 2019

Last week, FMC’s membership elected new leaders from a very strong slate of candidates to join our Board of Directors. FMC is pleased to welcome Elise Ashby, Amy Crone, and Anupama Joshi, along with Gary Matteson who was re-elected.  We also want to thank two former members of the board that have put in countless…